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Smallingerland (The Netherlands)
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adopted 4 Mar 1964
Smallingerland municipalityNumber of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 53.749; area: 126,18 km². Settlements: Drachten (seat), Boornbergum, De Tike, De Veenhoop, De Wilgen, Drachtstercompagnie, Goëngahuizen, Houtigehage, Kortehemmen, Nijega, Opeinde, Oudega, Rottevalle, Smalle Ee
Smallingerland (Frisian: Smellingerlân) is a municipality in southeast Friesland with the important center of Drachten.
The flag is derived from the municipal CoA and refers to game and woods (formerly) abundantly present.
In southeast Friesland the rich were hunting and the poor were digging peat under miserable conditions. It gave rise to a quite radical social movement, not reflected in flags AFAIK
Jarig Bakker, 2 September 1999
Smallingerland CoA image from the Smallingerland municipal website.
Granted 25 Mar 1818